Neil Young Warehouse Fire Sparked by Hybrid Car
Published Nov 17, 2010Last week, we told you about the unfortunate warehouse fire in San Carlos, CA that destroyed a number of Neil Young's classic cars and, even worse, priceless archival performance footage, among other things. While it was unclear at the time what had started the blaze, it has now been revealed that it was caused by one of the very cars that were destroyed.
A report from Contact Music explains that a 1959 Lincoln Continental that Young had converted into a hybrid vehicle triggered the fire. This is the same car that Young had unveiled last year to promote his green-themed company LincVolt. The automobile, which runs on batteries and a generator powered by biodiesel, may have technically started the fire, but a press release claims the incident was caused by human error.
"The LincVolt [car] suffered a disastrous accidental fire stemming from human error. The car was plugged in to charge and left unattended," Young said in the statement. "The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended. A mistake was made -- it was not the fault of the car."
While the warehouse blaze destroyed a ton of Young's valuables, the performer is just glad that no one was hurt in the accident.
"We are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire at our warehouse last week," he said. "My wife, Pegi, and I would like to thank the Belmont-San Carlos fire department for doing such an exemplary job. A lot of archival items were threatened and the fire department did a first class job protecting them. We are lucky to have these professionals in our area."
It is still unknown exactly what kind of footage and memorabilia were lost.